SOTT: Mock Version 1.0 (Part 1)
Patrick D. Starr
Lucky for us the 2012 NFL Draft is fast approaching and my good friend Mike Kerns drew a line in the sand and challenged me to a mock draft. This is officially the State of the Texans' first ever mock draft, and this was a bigger challenge than first thought. We are not EXPERTS by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely interested in what the Houston Texans could be looking at with the #26 spot of the draft. I will say this, that I am all for Mike's always trade back scenario, especially with all of the talent that could be had in the second round.
We first look at Mike's post NFL combine mock draft, and Pat will give some thoughts on the picks.
Mike's Mock Draft Version 1.0
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Really like we need to discuss why this is the pick. NEXT!
2. Rams (for Browns) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
This will come down to who gives up more, in this case it is the Browns. Griffin III is a special talent, but the risk here is losing two to three picks for one player. The Browns are NOT one QB away from contending.
3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The best lineman on paper and has blood lines currently in the NFL. Kalil gives the Vikings a cornerstone for their offensive line for many years to come.
4. Browns (for Rams) – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Rams get their big target for Sam Bradford. The Rams need to fix their offense and get some weapons. Nice pick here.
5. Bucs – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I'm a little wary with this pick especially with LeGarette Blount still the man in Tampa. The Bucs need help on defense, especially with the aging Ronde Barber.
6. Redskins – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A
Can't fault him for this pick. The Redskins miss out on Griffin III and get one of the higher rated QBs in the draft in Tannehill.
7. Jaguars – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Jaguars can go any direction here, can't fault the pick. Floyd will give the Jaguars a threat on the outside. The only problem is that they better hope Blaine Gabbert improves dramatically over the offseason.
8. Dolphins – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
This pick makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins, especially with Jake Long as the leader of the offensive line. This will help sure up the right tackle position to keep Peyton Manning on his feet, wait did I just say that?
9. Panthers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Arguably the best cornerback in the draft, Claiborne is taken here. The Panthers need to improve defensively and taking the best corner in the draft here deserves no bashing.
10. Bills – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The best pure pass rusher in the draft, the Bills get some help to get to the passer. Looks to be a fit for the 3-4 outside linebacker position and he will instantly put a football player on the field for Buffalo.
11. Chiefs – Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
I will temper expectations on Poe. He did make some noise at the combine. I'm seeing many draft analyst question him on game tape. The tape doesn't lie, so think that Poe is going a little high here, but is still a top 25 pick.
12. Seahawks – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Julius Pepper clone, Coples is a genetic freak. If the Seahawks can bag him here then it will be a great value pick. He is a pass rusher and a good pick for the Seahawks
13. Cardinals – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Once again another position you cannot fault to pick up. Martin is a load, and is another great value pick here.
14. Cowboys – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Think this is too high for Jenkins, especially with all of the RED FLAGS he has. I'm not doubting his talent, because he is as gifted as they come. People will say Jerry Jones takes chances on guys like that. The Cowboys will address the corner position in free agency, this will allow another route in the draft for the Cowboys.
15. Eagles – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
This will be a defensive heavy draft for the Eagles, especially up the middle. Great pick of tackling machine Kuechly here. Think it could have been a defensive lineman also.
16. Jets – Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
Will be converted to a stand up outside linebacker in NY. Another pick I like. Despite all the bark the Jets have, they were lack luster in the pass rush department. Upshaw gives them a nice piece on defense.
17. Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Depends on what you think the Bengals need. With Cedric Benson on the way out, runningback Lamar Miller from Miami could have been the pick. Can go either way, so they pick up some help on the back-end of their defense. You will see why at #21.
18. Chargers – David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Once again can't fault any team to sure up their interior of the offensive line. DeCastro is getting some high praise from scouts, and with Kris Dielman retiring might be an even better pick here.
19. Bears – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Think Kendall Wright shakes the combine issues, but loses out to Stephen Hill (WR) from Georgia Tech as the 3rd best receiver of the class. Wright will fall to the back-end of the draft because of it.
20. Titans – Nick Perry, DE, USC
Titans need more pass rush, but hearing there are some overall issues for Perry. That he's limited in what he can do, and he was only a two down player. Perry has all the physical gifts you could ask for.
21. Bengals – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Even though they didn't grab Miller at #17, they sneak Miller here. Two SOLID picks in the 1st round give Bengals' fans something to cheer about on draft day.
22. Browns (for Rams) – Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Getting this pick in the Griffin III trade, think this might be a reach here. Not saying Still is not going to be a player, but coupled with Chris Long, the Rams could add some more players on the defensive line that can create problems.
23. Lions – Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Another great pick here. If Barron is here for the Lions, the defense takes another step of fixing their Achilles heel of the 2011 season, the secondary.
24. Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
No brainer pick here, Hightower will fill in for the recently released James Farrior. Great spot for the throwback linebacker.
25. Broncos – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
If here is here for the Broncos, he will give the defense a nice piece to go along with Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. Cox's stock continues to rise, so he could easily go sooner that 25.
26. Texans – Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
Think Mercilus is gone before this pick. Too much talent, but could easily be their pick especially if Mario Williams looks elsewhere for work. Hopefully Mercilus stays this late, but a big pro day will put him higher on draft boards.
27. Patriots – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Effected the most because of the rise of Dontari Poe. Now it looks like Brockers is built off pure potential. The 21-year-old will have some time to develop, and this late could prove to be a steal.
28. Packers – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Depends if Scott Wells, free agent center for the Packers, is not resigned, but if Wells leaves this is the pick. If they find their center before the draft, expect another OLB to take pressure off of Clay Matthews Jr.
29. Ravens, Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
Don't know where Glenn fits into the Ravens plan, but would push out one of the older offense guards like Gurode. Questionable pick, would think WR would be a good option here, like Stephen Hill if he is still on the board.
30. 49ers – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Need to find more threats to help Veron Davis, and Hill might be the answer. Raw potential, and only 26 catches his Senior year, puts some reach into this pick.
31. Patriots – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Think Jeffery could prove big if he can run a good time at his pro day. Question will be about work ethic and no better place to right your career than listening and catching passes from Tom Brady. Another solid pick.
32. Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
This is another definite in the draft, with the Giants losing two tightends in the Super Bowl with knee injuries. They get athletic quick with adding Fleener.
What do you think of the mock? Leave us your comments below.